5 Best Waterfall Hikes in New Jersey

Waterfalls in New Jersey

The weather is getting warmer, the sun is staying out longer, and the days are getting more adventurous for those looking to explore New Jersey in the spring and summer. We are always looking for new places to adventure in the Garden State, so we have put together a guide for the best waterfall hikes in New Jersey. Get your car gassed up and get ready to explore!

Buttermilk Falls

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Location: Mountain Rd, Layton, NJ 07851

Difficulty Rating: ★★★★☆

Looking for majestic falls hidden in the New Jersey woods? Start your exploration to the Buttermilk Falls in Northwest New Jersey. These serene falls are some of the more popular ones to visit and hike.


  • 2.8 Miles – Round Trip, In & Out
  • 1,129’ Elevation Gain

Tillman Ravine

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Location: Mountain Rd, Walpack Township, NJ

Difficulty Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Close by Buttermilk Falls, you can take a slight detour to go visit the Tillman Ravine, which will reward you with trickling falls down this cavern of rock. At the conclusion of this hike, you will also find an old cemetery to check out. If you don’t want to make the hike to Buttermilk Falls and want to check this spot out, it’s very easy to access from the road.


  • 2.3 Miles – Round Trip

Paterson Great Falls

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Location: Paterson, NJ

Difficulty Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

A National Landmark, the Great Falls in Paterson is something crazy to experience. Found in one of the most urban areas of New Jersey, these powerful falls are massive in size for the small state. Great to visit anytime of year, these falls will leave you breathless. While it may not be a “hike” to see this great view, it’s definitely worth the visit!

Van Campens Glen

Location: Delaware Water Gap Recreational Area

Difficulty Rating: ★★★☆☆

While it may not be a high waterfall, the one at Van Campens Glen is certainly unique. With the narrow corridor of water rushing through the rock, this is definitely a great moderate hike to check out in the Delaware Water Gap area. With the rocky trail, we suggest being very careful when it’s rainy or there could be snow or ice.


  • 1.6 Miles – Round Trip

Worthington State Forest

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Location: Warren County

Difficulty Rating: ★★☆☆☆

One of the more popular areas in the state for the infamous Mt. Tammany Hike, you can actually experience some great falls along the same hike! The Worthington State Forest area is home to a good part of the Appalachian Trail through New Jersey, but also has some great water falls to experience along the trail. These falls are easy to get to from the parking area and also offer some good swimming holes on a hot summer day.


  • 3 Miles – Round Trip (Or you can extend it by hiking Mt. Tammany)

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Written by Virginia, NJspots Founder

Founded by Virginia in 2015, NJspots is a place where New Jersey natives and visitors can find amazing photos taken around the state while discovering new spots to explore. With over 227,000 tags used on Instagram, NJspots is the place to go to find your next new spot in New Jersey to adventure to. Virginia has a passion for sharing these great spots and experiences people can have in NJ and also sharing the great photos along the way.

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